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The other day my husband was raving about a cookie he had tried in a cafe. He said they were called “Nutter Butters” and they cost $5 each. $5 for a cookie?!? I was pretty surprised that someone would pay that much for one. I knew I could easily make these for a fraction of the price. I found a few recipes online, one of them actually coming from the cafe where he first tried the nutter butters – but in the end I decided to go with Thomas Keller’s recipe. Making your own cookies at home results in a nuttier, yummier and I should add – cheaper cookie. The cookies look really impressive but there is really very little effort involved in making them. The recipe was such a hit that there was a serious argument between me and my husband about how we would allocate the 8 nutter butters (i.e. how many would he eat, how many would I eat and how many we could afford to give away!)… and resulted in me making a second batch the next day.

Nutter Butter Cookies

Nutter Butter Cookies

Nutter Butter Cookies

Makes 8 large cookies, recipe from Bouchon Bakery

  • 140 grams flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 115 grams butter, softened
  • 80 grams peanut butter
  • 110 grams caster sugar
  • 95 grams brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 40 grams unsalted, roasted and chopped
  • 100 grams quick cooking oats

Peanut Butter Icing

  • 90 grams butter, softened
  • 105 grams peanut butter
  • 140 grams icing sugar
  1. Mix the flour, baking powder and baking soda in a bowl and set aside. Pre-heat the oven to 175 c (fan forced). If conventional oven, heat the oven to 190c.
  2. In a stand mixer, using the paddle attachment, mix the butter and peanut butter until light coloured and creamy, around 3 minutes. Add the sugars and continue to mix on medium speed for 5 minutes, scrapping down the bowl twice during the process. Add the egg and mix on medium until fully incorporated.
  3. Now, add the flour mixture and mix on low, around 1 minute then add the nuts and oatmeal, and mix on low just until combined.
  4. Using an ice-cream scoop, take some of the mixture place around 5 cm apart on a baking tray. Alternatively, you can use a spoon and roll the mixture into balls (using gloves makes it easier). Bake the cookies for 10 to 12 minutes until golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
  5. In the meantime, make the filling. Mix the peanut butter, butter and icing sugar in a mixing bowl fitted with a paddle attachment. Place the mixture in a piping bag fitted with a star nozzle.
  6. Once the cookies are cool, take one cookie and pipe some of the peanut butter icing and cover with another cookie. Continue until all cookies are filled.

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Devil's Food Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting

Devil's Food Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting

The other day one of my best friends in grade school sent me a message on facebook.  She asked me if I had ever told my husband about the time we were in the 6th grade and we fed a classmate some dog food.   Not only that, we’d also bark every time she’d pass by the school halls to remind her of that episode…Apparently we got in trouble for it but we didn’t mind.  We were happy anyway because we thought it was hilarious.

Me? Feeding dog food to some poor girl?  Rrrrrruuuuffff!?  Seriously, when I read what I had done, I was pretty shocked.  I honestly couldn’t remember.  Maybe I blocked out such horrible behaviour.  After all, I’d always considered myself an ambassador to the oppressed and speaker for the persecuted… but it was quite clear… years ago – I was… a bully.

In an attempt to make myself feel better, I asked friends and family, “what silly things do you remember doing as a child that got you in trouble?”  The responses ranged from mild to extreme, some shocking,  some very amusing but it seemed, everyone had a story to tell!

My husband disclosed that he once painted a mural on the white wall of his bedroom as his way to express his “inner artist”.

A work colleague mentioned the time that, in order to raise money for their school’s charity, they decided to “kidnap for ransom” the school’s principal.  Armed with fake toy guys and masks, they stormed the school auditorium while the clueless principal (yes, the forgot to tell him!) was whisked off to one of the classrooms.  They realized, however, that things were not going as planned when the police cars started showing up….

Seems like I wasn’t the only devil running around as a kid. :)

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Peanut Butter and Chocolate Semifreddo

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Semifreddo

“You have to get rid of some stuff!”  My husband tells me every so often.  “Stuff”, referring to the multitude of kitchen appliances I have amassed over the years.  It has come to a point where we’ve had to put in extra shelving in the garage to accommodate my “little helpers”.

I’ve learned to engage my inner zombie every time he brings this up.  I don’t even bother pretending NOT to know what he’s talking about.  I just zone out…

Yes, it’s true, guilty as charged, I am a kitchen appliance hoarder.  Every time I make an attempt to get rid of one of them I always find myself thinking “Oh but in the future, I just might actually use it again…”  Never mind that I have only used my express pizza oven once (I find now that cranking the oven heat right up and a pizza stone works just fine.).  I don’t even want to remember the vacuum sealer that I bought a year ago after buying Thomas Keller’s Sous Vide Cookbook, which sadly, remains unopened. There’s also the smoker, the portable barbecue, the tagine…

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